Triptych: A Tree in Three Seasons

Photo by Carrie McKamey I. Atop a hill there is a weathered oak whose listless limbs spread so wide it seems to hang by them and not to stand.  It’s bark is scarred by whips of wind, by scratching beasts, by birds that pierce its trunk with beaks.  When fall arrives, a crimson stain spreads…

The Camp of Co-heirs (Tabernacles Part 2)

After leaving Egypt, God commanded that Israel’s tabernacles be arranged in a particular way (Num. 2).  The Lord’s Tabernacle was in the center of the camp.  Three tribes of Israel camped to the east of the Tent of Meeting (the most populous); three to the west (the least populous); three to the north and south…

Pan…Jesus? (Part 2)

Image from USGS This post is continued from the previous post “Eber had two sons. One was named Peleg, for during his days the earth was divided;       his brother was named Joktan” (Gen. 10:25). So here’s my two cents about how we might see Jesus in Genesis 10:25.  Eber means, “across or…

The Toothless Gospel

Rob Bell recently came out in support of gay marriage (see his interview here).  While I’m disappointed, I can’t say I’m surprised.  I read Love Wins.  My point isn’t really to talk about Rob Bell.  But his thinking in Love Wins and his support of gay marriage illustrate something about the church that concerns me. …

The Need for Ante-creation: Jeremiah 4 & 5

Picture by Patrick Murphy: http://inspiredsketch.blogspot.com/ An excerpt from my booklet entitled, “Jeremiah: Fire Shut up in My Bones.”  ***             “I looked at the earth, and it was formless and empty; and at the heavens, and their light was gone…I looked, and there were no people; every bird in the sky had flown away.  I looked,…